Helen Boden -Poems

EMLEY MOOR

Mast, slender against the horizontals' sway,
beacon to the valley dweller, textile worker,
homing student, her. See both coasts
from the top on a clear day. Old folks say
the direction of the weather overhead
- or maybe it's the colour of the clouds -
can predict election winners.
Or Derby winners. Either way, it signals more
than gameshows, chat shows, local news.

AT A BUS STOP

That old man facing the road
is your dad
if he'd lived
until they took his licence away.

He's...

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